Barry FlanaganField Day 1983

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Barry Flanagan (1941‑2009)
Field Day
Date 1983
MediumEtching on paper
Dimensionsimage: 184 x 216 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1983
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Catalogue entry

P07935 Field Day 1983

Etching 7 1/4 × 9 1/2 (184 × 216) on Velin Arches paper 11 1/4 × 15 (285 × 381), printed by the artist and Colin Dyer, published by Waddington Graphics
Inscribed ‘B F’ b.r. and ‘47/75’; impressed with the publisher's stamp
Purchased from Waddington Galleries (Grant-in-Aid) 1983
Lit: David Brown, Barry Flanagan Etchings and Linocuts, exhibition catalogue, Waddington Galleries, May 1984 (n.p. repr.)

The following entry is based on a conversation between the artist and the compiler held on 21 August 1985 and has been approved by the artist.

‘Field Day’ is one of a series of four etchings and three linocuts all drawn before the model. They are ‘Stepney Green’, ‘Mule’, ‘Cob Study’, ‘Field Day’, ‘Welsh Lights’ and ‘Ganymede’ all dated 1983. Flanagan hired the horse for one day and had it brought to the yard outside his studio. In conversation with the compiler he stated: ‘I called it “Field Day” because the drawing has a beautiful form to it. It has fluency and composure. That's reminiscent of racing and one can have a field day in the sense of an enjoyable event. Calling it “Field Day” was like naming the horse… (read more)

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